Gaga topper Tom Yoda has led a management buyout of the indie distributor from broadband and media conglom Usen.
Universal Studios Japan is slashing prices to counter the effects of the recession and swine flu, which have cut attendance drastically.
The Financial Services Agency has ordered JDC Trust, a fund operator active in pics, toons, games and other content, to suspend trust biz activities for three months.
Japan's upper house has unanimously approved a revision to the Copyright Law making downloading of pirated content illegal. The revision will go into effect on Jan. 1.
Masao Morita, the son of Sony co-founder Akio Morita, has taken the helm at Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan. CEO Ken Munakata is stepping down.
Distrib Toho and its partners have decided to advance screen the last pic of the smash hit "20th Century Boys" sci-fi action trilogy minus its ending.
Fox Japan is among nine companies set to get a license to operate a satellite broadcast web in Japan, but Disney's request for a free-to-air service has been nixed.
Japanese helmer-scribe Koki Mitani's new musical comedy "Talk Like Singing" will run Nov. 11-22 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Gotham.
The Mouse House will launch Disney XD, a cable strand for boys, in Japan in August.
The 20th and final pic in the "Diary of a Fishing Fool" franchise -- a favorite with Japanese audiences since 1988 -- will be released by Shochiku on Dec. 26.